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Save money with this 2-day combination tour to 2 popular sights in Krakow. Learn about the history of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as…

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5 historical facts about Auschwitz-Birkenau

With the world distracted by war, the Nazis brutally reshaped the demographics of Europe in the south of Poland. The harrowing truth wasn't revealed until far too late, but here are a few of the many things you'll learn on your tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Auschwitz-Birkenau is just one camp in a complex

Auschwitz-Birkenau – or Auschwitz II – was used as a death camp from 1942, primarily for Jews. Auschwitz I had already been holding Polish political prisoners for two years.

It wasn't all run by the state

There was a third camp too. Monowitz – or Auschwitz III – was set up to provide slave labor for IG Farben. The Allies dissolved the chemical company the war.

1.1 million were killed

90% were Jews, but thousands of Poles, Romani, Soviets, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals also died at Auschwitz. As did prisoners from other nationalities.

The world had no idea

Not even most Germans knew what was happening at the camps. Arrivals were met with the slogan "Work sets you free." In hindsight it's hard to say how convincing that actually was.

The camp commander went into hiding

Disguised as a farmer in Gottrupel, Rudolf Höss evaded capture for a year after the war. In spite of his expressed remorsed, he was hung outside the camp's crematorium in 1947.

Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau: Our Tips

What are the opening times?

The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum is open daily from 8am except for January 1st, December 25th, and Easter Sunday. It closes at 3pm from December to February, 4pm in March and November, 5pm in April and October, 6pm in May and September, and 7pm from June to August. The site can be accessed for free but it is advisable to take a tour. If you decide to do so, book your tickets in advance. The best ones fill up very quickly!

How to get there from Krakow?

The easiest way is simply to book an all-in-one tour that leaves from the city. Alternatively, inexpensive buses frequently leave from the basement floor of Krakow's main bus station. You can also take a train to the nearby town of Oświęcim.

When to visit?

Krakow is a wonderful city with a great deal of attraction to please tourists. Though Auschwitz may be an essential part of your trip, it can be emotionally overwhelming. We recommend that you leave it till last.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM December through February 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM March, November 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April, October 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM May, September 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM June, July, August
  • What is the price?
    Basic entrance is free, but it is highly recommended take a tour which will have a cost depending on which one you choose.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not required but highly recommended. Best to book in advance online!
  • How to get there
    There are direct buses from Krakow. Alternatively, take the train to Oświęcim and then hop on local bus to the site.
  • Additional tips
    Not recommended for children under 14.

What People Are Saying About Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

Well organised, great service, harrowing experience

Our driver Jakob was of the highest quality. Picked us up at the right time, and was so friendly and accommodating the entire day. He was full of local knowledge about places to eat and ways of life as well as a whistle stop history of Krakow as we drove. The camp itself was beyond words but the tour was presented by a professor with a profound, insightful, and complex view of the experience of those who suffered. Would recommend heartliy.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Full-Day Tour from Krakow Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/17/2017

Excellent tour. Very informative and professionally run.

Very well run - our guide was very knowledgeable and conducted the tour very professionally. A must do tour for everyone to see and understand what happened at Auschwitz during Nazi occupation.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum & Camp Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Nandor, 01/15/2017

Good organized, great guide and a tour everyone should go on

I was picked up at time, and driven back to the hotel when the tour was over. Like many others are saying, I agree that it felt a bit rushed at times. The guide said that 1 million people visit every year. That is approximately 3000 people every day. So it is understandable that each group can´t spend unlimited time at every stop, because then you´d be standing in line all day. Although it felt a bit rushed at times, I would still recommend this trip. With a guide you get a lot of information and stories that you otherwise would not get if you visit without a guide. You will see the most important places in Auschwitz and Birkenau, and you'll get the story of what happened at each of the places you stop. The guide was great, showed respect and had good knowledge. She answered questions if we had any. Overall this was a great tour that I would certainly recommend.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum & Camp Tour from Krakow Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/06/2017

A great experience. Guide was very good and tour was well explined

A sad tour but a must for everyone to do at least once in their lifetime. Out tour leaders name was Ziggy and every single thing was explained in great detail. Was a great tour and will probably do it again.

From Krakow: Auschwitz Birkenau Half-Day Bus Tour Reviewed by Anthony, 01/03/2017

It was a indeed a well planed pleasent experience

A good preparation in the bus, pleasant bus guide, very passionate tour guide who had some real feelings and knowledge on the history of the museum. Lastly a very understanding and kind driver who did not hesitate to drop all of us at the places where we wanted. One improvement point - at-least one long snack break for a bout 20 mnts in between two locations would benefit the tourists to rest a bit. Overall, a successful trip. Thanks.

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum & Camp Tour from Krakow Reviewed by Dulsanka, 12/28/2016

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